Team

Ulester Douglas
interim executive director
Ulester Douglas, a native of St. Kitts, has extensive and specialized training in working with individuals, families and communities affected by violence. In addition to his work at Men Stopping Violence, Ulester is a licensed psychotherapist with an independent practice in metro Atlanta.  He was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship in 1990 while completing his graduate work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  Recently, Ulester completed his first year as an instructor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ulester was honored by Lifetime Television for Women and the National Network to End Domestic Violence in 2003, and in 2012 by The Ford Motor Company, for his work to end violence against women. He has also received numerous awards including the National District Attorneys Association’s Stephen L. Von Riesen Lecturer of Merit Award in 2010, and the National Black Herstory Task Force’s Comrade Salute Award in 2004. He has been interviewed by several local, national and international media including CNN, HLN, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, The Al Sharpton Show, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta’s V103.

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Ulester has provided consultation, training and keynote presentations in 40 states, Europe and the Caribbean to community-based organizations, universities, corporations and government agencies. These include: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; The U.S. Department of Defense; The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women; The National Association of Attorneys General; The National District Attorneys Association; The American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics; and State Domestic and Sexual assault Coalitions.

In 2005, Ulester was invited to Great Britain by its Home Office to discuss with members of The House of Lords, The House of Commons, Scotland Yard, National Crime Squad, London’s City Hall, etc., best practices in working with men to end violence against women. He also was a member of the U.S. delegation at The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Women Summit in Washington, D.C., in 2010. Ulester has served on the board of directors of the National Network to End Domestic Violence and on several advisory boards and committees including the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s National Violence Against Women Advisory Group, the Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence Advisory Board, and the Office on Violence Against Women’s Safe Havens National Steering Committee

Ulester has authored and co-authored articles and curricula on family violence and other human rights issues, including the article “Deconstructing Male Violence Against Women: The Men Stopping Violence Community-Accountability Model” (2008, Violence Against Women, Sage Publications); the curriculum Men at Work: Building Safe Communities (2008, Men Stopping Violence, Inc.); the article “Violence Against Women: The State of Batterer Intervention Prevention Programs” with Ileana Arias, Juergen Dankwork, Mary Ann Dutton and Kathlyn Stein (2002, The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics); and the book chapter “African-American Men Who Batter: A Community-Centered Approach to Prevention and Intervention” (2008, Family Violence and Men of Color: Healing the Wounded Male Spirit, Springer Publishing Company).

For more information, feel free to e-mail Ulester Douglas.

Sulaiman Nuriddin
director of men’s education
Sulaiman Nuriddin began working with MSV in 1987 after completing the organization’s year-long internship program. He is currently the Director of Men’s Education for MSV.

Nuriddin works closely with the DeKalb County (Ga.) court system, intervening with men who have been arrested for domestic violence. He co-instructs ongoing classes for convicted and self-referred men and has been instrumental in planning effective interventions with men of color who batter. He has conducted training for such organizations as 100 Black Men, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community, The Black Church in Domestic Violence Institute and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He also has led trainings at Clark Atlanta University, and Morehouse and Spelman colleges. Click to Read More

Additionally, Nuriddin has conducted trainings for the National Council of Churches, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, the National Basketball Association Summer Youth Program, the Atlanta Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice. He has served as a consultant for Motivational Educational Entertainment (MEE), The Vera Institute of Justice, and The National Men’s Network to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. He has participated in discussion groups regarding domestic violence with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has served as co facilitator of the Fulton County Domestic Violence Task Force. He has conducted workshops, participated on panel discussions, delivered key note addresses, and lectured throughout the United States on what men can do to create safe communities for women and girls.

Internationally, he has co-led a training initiative in Great Britain and Puerto Rico. In 2010, Nuriddin was chosen to serve as part of a delegation to evaluate and share in Morocco’s efforts to end domestic violence.

Nuriddin currently serves on the Board of Directors for Imago Relationships International and the National Steering Committee for North American Men Engage Network.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Sulaiman Nuriddin.

Lee Giordano
director of training
Lee Giordano is a community organizer and violence prevention advocate interested in building and sustaining communities of men dedicated to using anti-oppression frameworks to end male violence against women. He utilizes his knowledge and experience to invite others with privilege into conversations about oppression.

As the Director of Training at Men Stopping Violence, Lee designs, organizes, and conducts trainings, workshops and webinars on oppression and violence against women. Lee has presented hundreds of workshops and trainings on ending men’s violence against women to various community and government organizations and university students, faculty and staff. Notable past trainings include 3-day trainings on patriarchy, violence against women, ableism, intersectionality, and antiracism.  He has conducted webinars on community accountability, Community-Based Solutions to Preventing Male Violence Against Women, and a mobilizing men series including webinars titled Women’s Voices and Experiences Must be Central to the Work and We are the Work. Lee has presented at conferences across the country as an expert in organizing men to end male violence against women. He has also made appearances on numerous radio and television programs including on Aljezera America’s flagship program, America Tonight.

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Lee co-developed the programs, curriculum and trainings currently being produced by Men Stopping Violence including Because We Have Daughters, and the Mercury Online Multi-Media Training. He also co-authored MSV’s Men At Work Curriculum and the Men at Work training that coincides that that Curriculum. Most recently, Lee facilitated the development of MSV’s new Mobilizing Men to Prevent Violence Against Women training.

For the last 12 years, Lee has led Men’s Education Classes with Men Stopping Violence. Direct experience with working with men locally provides a foundation for his engagement with men. He specifically uses this experience to provide training and consultation to organizations in setting up and conducting intervention programs with men.

A graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelors of Science in sociology and a minor in women’s studies, Lee received his master’s degree in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

For more information, feel free to e-mail Lee Giordano.

ramesh kathanadhi 
director of community engagement
ramesh kathanadhi is a trainer and organizer. He enjoys supporting organizations to develop prevention strategies and to cultivate stronger relationships with their constituent communities. While in California, he supported a state wide demonstration project on preventing domestic and teen dating violence in rural and urban communities. He assisted in identifying promising strategies, developing state wide priorities around teen dating violence prevention, and helped implement multiple approaches to preventing violence in both rural and urban communities. He also conducted trainings on building intergenerational partnerships for the prevention of gender violence, engaging men, and linking the experience of incarceration and state violence to our families’ experience of gender violence. Click to Read More

ramesh is a member of the organizing collective for Bay Area Solidarity Summer a project of Association of South Asians Taking Action (ASATA). He worked at Transforming Communities, a project of the Center for Domestic Peace in California, and worked with engaging communities in developing responses to domestic violence in New York City. He was a founding member of Reflect Connect Move in Brooklyn, and now supports the Internship and Mercury Programs at Men Stopping Violence.

ramesh graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Legal Studies and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is also a graduate of Harvard Law School.

For more information, email ramesh kathanadhi.